GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass man was convicted on Monday of shooting and killing his erstwhile friend after an argument in January of 2020.
68-year-old Steve Daniel Cox was arrested in the early hours of January 31 after police learned that he'd shot 37-year-old Joshua Wilson Wright in the chest with a shotgun, killing the younger man. According to friends of Wright, he'd gone to Cox's home to pick up some of his things.
Police reported at the time that Cox confessed to killing Wright, telling them that he'd shot the man "with intent to kill."
NewsWatch 12 spoke to friends of Wright, known to them as "Hippie," who described him as a loyal and outgoing man who made other people feel more comfortable when he was around.
Cox's trial began this month, and attorney's delivered their closing arguments on Monday. A verdict came from the jury a short time later.
The jury found Cox guilty of both Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Firearm).
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.